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Old May 2, 2006, 10:00 PM   #11
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I'll add my 2 cents and say that 1st glance, it looks like a female Marsh Hawk to me (northern Harrier) but I can't say for sure since I can't see a striped tail and a white rump spot. Females are greay and males are brown, both with spotty chests.
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Old May 3, 2006, 3:16 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the positive comments. Appreciate it.

The reason i say it's a Peregrine, is because thats what my neighbour said.

He said he's seen a show on them on TV recently and that's where I got that from.

BTW, I'm in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The research I did indicated that they are present in these areas at this time of the year. Of course I could be wrong since I'm no expert.

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Old May 3, 2006, 3:35 AM   #13
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Could it be a merlin in that part of the world?

a few shots of merlins can be found here:-
http://www.surfbirds.com/cgi-bin/gal...species=Merlin

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Old May 3, 2006, 6:27 AM   #14
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A merlin - I think we may have a winner here! The Melin breeds in Canada, and winters in the deep South. Look for a mate!
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Old May 3, 2006, 6:36 AM   #15
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Could be a feral pigeon ??:whack:
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Old May 3, 2006, 9:22 AM   #16
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Could be a feral pigeon ??:whack:
That's the Sharp Shinned Hawk....:blah:

It's a Prarie Falcon

http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i3550id.html

No, not a Merlin....

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Dave the spelling bee champ is correct! Geesh I love messing with you for some reason, probably because you participate and are a good sport.
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Old May 3, 2006, 6:38 PM   #18
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It's a Prarie Falcon
Dave the spelling bee champ is correct! Geesh I love messing with you for some reason, probably because you participate and are a good sport.
I'm such a good sport because I have VAST experience at being wrong....:?
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First off, that is a really nice image. I have a few images of that mystery bird, but not one that nice.

And on to the mystery of what it is.

The biggest clue is the pattern on the breast. The top 1/2 is streaked, the lower half is marked with larger marks more like what is found on some owls (not, I'm not saying this is an owl.) Only one falcon has that pattern.

The mark over eye is a good mark (but not distinctive.)

The dark primaries with white spots is also good to note.

First off, it isn't a peregrine. You can tell by the pattern on the breast. A peregrine has light streaks or barring on their breast (depending on age), but not the wider pattern on the bottom 1/2 of the breast.

This isn't a Prairie falcon either. They also have speakles or light streaking on the breast all the way down.

This is a just-turning adult merlin, probably female (but gender is really hard to tell.) Merlin's have that breast pattern, and no other falcon does. They also have the lighter eyebrown (other falcons do too) and they have the darker primaries with spots.

I only have images of younger merlins, except for a few distant in flight shots. I'd love to have that one.

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Old May 4, 2006, 3:51 AM   #20
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eric s wrote:
I only have images of younger merlins, except for a few distant in flight shots. I'd love to have that one.


Eric,

If you'd like, I can e-mail you a copy or two of said falcon. Let me know.

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